Cerebral Palsy Financial Support

Getting a Life Care Plan

A good life care plan will detail and outline the full set of financial support requirements needed by a child to stay healthy throughout his or her lifetime. Normally, the plan is constructed by doctors or nurses with each of the experts playing a crucial role in the process. These plans typically contain details relating to items like:

  • Educational costs and testing expenses
  • Special education programs
  • Ongoing assistive nursing care
  • Therapy services
  • Assistive devices like wheelchairs and braces

In addition to doctors and nurses, engaging a birth injury attorney may be a good idea when compiling a life care plan. If the cerebral palsy or other birth injury was due to negligence on the part of the doctor, nurse, or other medical staff, they could be held financially liable and the compensation won used to partly or entirely fund the cost of your child’s treatment.

Scholarships for people with cerebral palsy

Scholarship applications are an important part of the college admissions process for all students, unchallenged and challenged alike. Particularly for those with CP, scholarships provide an important platform for lowering the financial burden of the disorder. They are also one of the few arenas where having a disability may be an advantage. Pursuing scholarships limited to those with a recognized physical or mental disability effectively means competing against a smaller pool of applicants, increasing the probability of a successful application.

Pursuing scholarships limited to those with a recognized physical or mental disability effectively means competing against a smaller pool of applicants

We recommend looking around in your local community and target universities for specific opportunities, but here are a couple to get you started:

Incight Scholarship

The incight scholarship is available to current Washington, Oregon, or California residents with a disability as defined by the ADA, DSM-V, IDEA, or other governing body. Visit their site to see additional requirements and apply.

Lime Scholarship

For rising computer science students with disabilities, the lime scholarship is sponsored by Google and offers recipients $10,000 to those studying in the US ($5,000 for those studying in Canada). Additionally, recipients will have a chance to attend the annual Google Scholars’ Retreat in Mountain View, California and will be considered for software engineering internship opportunities with Google.

Compensation Claims

If your child is one of 10 percent of children born with cerebral palsy, in some cases, it could happen as a result of medical malpractice. When your child is going through a difficult time like with doctor’s visits, additional testing, therapy appointment and meeting with specialists, they have to go through many things in the process of getting treatment. In addition, you might have to pay for medication that you weren’t expecting to pay for. The bills pile up, and it can be expensive for families to be able to afford the medical bills. In fact, over the lifetime of a child, they could have to pay as much as $900,000. That costs more than what many families can afford. That’s where getting birth disorder compensation can help.

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Community Organizations

When people hear the word support group, sometimes it gets excessively used and some people think it has a negative connotation. Birth injury support groups can prove exceptionally useful because of how you meet people from a variety of walks of life who struggle with the same things that you do. In this way, your child doesn’t feel as alone. Someone who suffers a birth injury could see the benefits of being together with others who have similar disabilities.

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Government Organizations

As a family with a child that has suffered a birth injury like cerebral palsy, you might be wondering what resources you have available to you. This can be an extraordinarily expensive medical condition. Getting all the help that you can find can help you to get through it.

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Special Education

Getting educational resources gathered and prepared for your child with cerebral palsy isn’t always easy. In many cases, these children will have a more difficult time because of their disability, and it can make things harder for them. Birth disorder education resources were built with the intention of being used for those who struggle. They address the demands and needs that a child might have for this.

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Financial Support Frequently Asked Questions

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Article Citations

  1. CDC
  2. Wikipedia Article on Household Income
  3. Average Mortgage Amount
  4. Scholarship Opportunities

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